The Tampa girl’s dedication to the Bay Space earned her place within the prime 10 beneath 40

Make Tampa Magazine’s Top 10 Under 40

She’s right about Tampa Bay.

A young Hillsborough County woman marks her sign. Their recognition for their hard work is what is right about Tampa Bay.

Belinthia Berry did a lot in her young life. Working for Coca-Cola, Hillsborough County and Hillsborough Community College.

At 38, Berry is now the director of St. Petersburg College’s Corporate College. She oversees SPC’s contract training programs with businesses, local authorities and the community.

“I love what I do. I love people. I love our customers and we make a difference,” said Berry.

She was recently listed on Tampa Magazine’s Top 10 Under 40 list for 2021.

“I thought I was going to be punk,” she laughed. “I said, ‘Are you sure about me?’ They said, ‘Yes, you. You have been selected.’ ”

Each year, the magazine names 10 of the community’s best and brightest entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and philanthropists who are under 40 who are leaders in their fields and who volunteer in their community.

“I always try to stay behind the scenes and they also say let your work speak for itself and I think this is my time,” said Berry.

She grew up in the Palm River neighborhood of Tampa.

“I attend Howard W. Blake High School and then I went to Florida A&M where I did my BS in Public Relations,” she said.

Her mother worked for Hillsborough County Social Services for 30 years and was a good role model.

“She passed the legacy on to me and hopefully one day I will pass that legacy on to other young women and my children,” added Berry.

A well-deserved award for a woman who gives back to help the Bay Area community.

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